KACo Educating Youth - K.E.Y.
For over 40 years, the Kentucky Association of Counties has advocated for county government by providing a variety of services, including insurance, financing, legislative efforts and training. One significant focus is the education of county officials and staff through our Leadership Institute courses, as well as the Risk Management and Loss Control programs.
But KACo wanted to do more! KACo wanted to present county government to the youth of the Commonwealth. If education is important and our youth are the future, then educating youth is the K.E.Y. That’s why KACo created the KACo Educating Youth (K.E.Y.) program. The goals of the program are simple: 1) to provide schools and students with a civic educational opportunity, 2) to present the purpose and importance of county governments to Kentucky students, and 3) to unite schools with their respective county government officials.
By educating youth at an early age about county government, it opens the door for future generations of leaders to get involved within their local communities. It also provides the opportunity to learn how local government works and how citizens (including students) are affected nearly every day by county government decisions. The program also creates an opportunity for students to teach their parents about local government and encourage participation. Ultimately, K.E.Y. hopes to provide counties with a better educated and more invested community.